"Looking back, the third season was short on story and long on time. Because you could essentially watch three episodes of this season and learn everything you needed to know: the first, the last, and “Everything’s Coming Up Mellie,” which tells the story of Mellie’s terrible secret. Multiple flashbacks from this episode go back to just those two episodes—a quick and dirty way of making the viewers connect the dots. As far as season-long arcs go, it’s bad storytelling. There were whole sections of this season that either didn’t work or didn’t go anywhere. Nothing about Quinn, Huck, or even Harrison was particularly interesting; and in the end, what happened to James and to Sally didn’t even matter. Drama was produced merely for shock value, and more than once, Scandal lost sight of who its characters were."
— Sonya Saraiya Review of Episode 318 at the AV Club.